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Mapping collected by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

George Morrison (1703/4?–99)

Encampment at Westmalle, 1747

A PLAN / of the Encampment / of the Allied Army / at Westmalle 1747

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper; laid down on linen | Scale: not stated. 1:20,000 approx. | RCIN 730101

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A map of the encampment of the Allied army at Westmalle, 2 May 1747. War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48). Oriented with south-west to top (compass rose).

The regimental rectangles are coloured according to nationality: British (red); Hanoverians (light yellow); Austrian (green); Dutch (dark yellow/orange); Hessian (pale blue). The Bavarians appear to be the five regiments coloured in dark yellow lying to the left of the Bavarian artillery which is marked by the letter ‘D’. The position of the detached units of the Grand Guards, to the south of the main encampments, is indicated by small empty, uncoloured rectangles.

  • George Morrison (1703/4?–99) (surveyor and draughtsman) [top right, under title, in title cartouche:] Geo. Morrison / May 2d 1747.

  • Watermark: Fleur-de-lys in crowned shield, the letters VDL below

    Mark, stamped: 595

    Condition: three fold lines; some ink smudging to right border; three corners rounded, one square; induced discolouration and foxing to verso. Verso: top left, water-stained patch and shadow from the removal of Cumberland's cipher label

  • Scale: not stated. 1:20,000 approx.

    26.3 x 46.4 cm (neatline)

    31.0 x 46.7 cm (image)

    32.6 x 48.6 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    A PLAN / of the Encampment / of the Allied Army / at Westmalle. [top left, in cartouche representing draped material tied with rope at the top left and right corners to the poles of flags]

    Additional text:

    [bottom, below map, numerical keys to the names of each of the British, Hanoverian, Hessian, Bavarian, Dutch and Austrian cavalry and infantry regiments.]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Encampment at Westmalle 27 April - 24 May 1747.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top left, black pencil:] 85; [top left, ink, in Schultz's or Mason's hand:] From April 27: to May 141747. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil:] 9; [top right, ink, crossed out in black pencil, obscured by white paper strip:] Westmael; [centre, red pencil:] 9.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Encampment A drawn Plan of the Encampment of the Allied Army at Westmalle near Antwerp, from the 27.th of April to the 14.th of May 1747: by Geo. Morrison Eng.r 2.d May 1747. [The same entry appears under the heading Westmalle.]

  • From the collection of military and naval maps and prints formed by Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721-65), third son of George II; subsequently acquired by George III (1738-1820)

     

  • Subject(s)

    Westmalle (Flanders, Belgium) 51°17'51"N 04°41'24"E

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